Ingrid Silva, the Ballerina Inspiring Brazil.

Ingrid Silva, the Ballerina Inspiring Brazil.

Born and raised in Brazil, Ingrid Silva began dancing at Dançando Para Não Dançar, a favela based programme that offered training to children who could not afford dance classes. Ingrid was 8 years old when she began training in ballet and although she had always dreamed of becoming a doctor, by age 13 she had decided to dedicate herself to dance.

By age 18, Ingrid had been offered a full scholarship at the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer and consequently moved to New York, despite not knowing anybody in the state or speaking a word of English. Since, Ingrid has gone on to serve as a cultural ambassador for the US whilst performing overseas and has become an inspirational representative for her homeland of Brazil. 

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While Ingrid has travelled back to Brazil to hold dance workshops, similar to the ones that ignited her love of dance when she was a child, she says she has no ambition to open up any dance studio of her own; at least not for now. She says that she doesn’t want children to see her as solely a dancer but as someone they can relate to. 

 PHOTOS BY HARUKA SAKAGUCHI

PHOTOS BY HARUKA SAKAGUCHI

“I feel that I have a lot to share with the world”
 PHOTO BY HARUKA SAKAGUCHI

PHOTO BY HARUKA SAKAGUCHI

Outside of ballet, Ingrid has co-created an initiative called ‘EmpowHer NY’ which she says was inspired by “always being surrounded by amazing women” and ‘wanting to create a platform where we could connect each other and spread their story to the rest of the world”. Later in life Ingrid hopes to study psychology and become a dance psychologist, it’s obvious that being a dance, especially a ballet dancer, take a lot of physical strength according to Ingrid “you need to be much stronger mentally”.

 You can follow Ingrid Silva on Instagram @ingridsilva

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